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Army hunts Yala checkpoint attackers

Army hunts Yala checkpoint attackers

YALA: The 4th Army yesterday continued hunting suspects responsible for Tuesday night’s brutal gun attack on a security checkpoint in Yala’s Muang district, which left 15 village defence volunteers dead and five others injured.

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 7 November 2019, 09:21AM


National police chief Gen Chakthip Chaijinda inspected the village checkpoint yesterday (Nov 6). Photo; NNT

National police chief Gen Chakthip Chaijinda inspected the village checkpoint yesterday (Nov 6). Photo; NNT

Lt Gen Phonsak Phunsawat, the 4th Army chief, said a massive manhunt was being carried out for the attackers while efforts were being undertaken to provide care for the families of the victims.

He offered condolences to families which lost loved ones in the attack.

“This village has never before been considered a danger zone as there have been no reports of insurgent activity here previously,” he said while visiting the scene of the carnage yesterday (Nov 6).

This latest attack pointed to a need to alter security measures involving the use of defence volunteers in manning security checkpoints, he said.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha also condemned those behind the attack and agreed security officials should rethink their strategies.

Village defence volunteers have become a new target for southern insurgents, he said.

As for the government’s peace talks with various insurgent groups, Gen Prayut said he had discussed several issues with his Malaysian counterpart who had agreed to help.

A security source said the attackers were controlled by Hubaidila Romueli, who leads an insurgent network in Yaha and Kabang districts, and Amat Tuenga, who heads another rebel group in Muang district.

The attack was believed to be retaliation for the extrajudicial killings of two insurgent suspects in Pattani’s Sai Buri district last week, said the source.

Another security source said the Barisan Revolusi Nasional was responsible for recent major attacks in the deep South, which were successful because security officials have been in denial about a BRN presence in their areas but were now forced to confront the reality.

 

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Kurt | 17 November 2019 - 07:49:04

Intelligence of the 4th Army failed terrible ( Or?).  ...."This village never before considerate a dangerous zone"... No? Why than at that remote location a road block with village defence volunteers? Looks like this road block was a 'trap try out' to see what could happen. Now the 4th Army Intelligence knows. Result?  Lesser people will remain/become a civil defence volunteer.

Kurt | 16 November 2019 - 07:48:22

Talking about the historical past of 'The Deep South' is very interesting. However, now Thailand Government should start some realistic efforts, together with 'The Deep South', to end this civil war. Disinterest of BKK is significant. Something like a distant and remote not important affair.

Rorri_2 | 15 November 2019 - 16:10:24

CS, you can "suggest" many things, it has also been mentioned it was so Thailand would remain "friends" with Britain and be a "buffer" between Bristish Malay states (unfederated) in the French in IndoChina.. the fact is, there was NO Malayasia as such, so Pattani really was NOT part of Malaysia, while Thailand relinquished its claims to sovereignty over Kedah, Kelanta...

Christy Sweet | 15 November 2019 - 00:43:43

Anglo is the operative word. Malay did not become independent of British rule until  1957. British appropriated Yala for Thailand as an incentive to not build a canal further north that would interfere with lucrative shipping through the Malacca Straits.  

Christy Sweet | 14 November 2019 - 12:38:46

"Anglo" being the operative term. Malay was not independent from British rule until 1963. It has been suggested the land was appropriated so Thailand could be  sufficiently convinced to not build a canal further north that might diminish  shipping through the Straits of Malacca.   

Rorri_2 | 13 November 2019 - 16:25:57

CS, you really need to know your history, google "The Anglo-Siamese Treaty of 1909 or Bangkok Treaty of 1909." Today's violence is more to do with Thailand "purging" what Bangkok sees as non Thai culture, they did the same thing in Isaan, which was part of Lao.

Christy Sweet | 12 November 2019 - 08:53:11

Yes, a deal between the colonialist British occupiers of Malay, and the Thais. I doubt the people of the region were allowed any participation- hence the current and ceaseless violence. 

Rorri_2 | 11 November 2019 - 12:26:52

Christy... I might be wrong, but I was under the impression it was an agreed land swap, I think you need to do some research.

Christy Sweet | 11 November 2019 - 10:23:56

The topic is "insurgent" violence in southern Thailand. What about'ism  arguments  indicate  a lack of intelligence- as do the ad hominem retorts so frequently relied upon. 

Kurt | 11 November 2019 - 03:37:06

If it prosper the whole of Thailand, specially The Deep South to give it a kind of autonomy in the Kingdom, why not? After all, the large thai Army is visible not interested in keeping up 'national security'/ law & order over there, seen the existing phenomenon of 'Civil Defence Volunteers' in a war/ terrorist zone of the Kingdom.

GerryT81 | 10 November 2019 - 18:36:46

"Yala was stolen...Give it back and voila,problem solved" OK,Christy.if it is that easy ,then there should be no problem to convince all your fellow country men to give back all the stolen land from those indigenous people in the US. Other countries may follow.

Christy Sweet | 08 November 2019 - 11:54:27

Yala was stolen from Malaysia by the British and gifted to Thailand. Give it back and voila, problem solved. 

Kurt | 08 November 2019 - 08:56:15

It is time the thai government admits there is a civil war going on in the south, ( already more than 7000 death) and not post civil defence volunteers at check points instead of trained army troops.  Than this terrorist 'man hunt' would now not be needed. Let soldiers do what they are paid for, not volunteer civil village people. Specially as government knows exactly what's going on.

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